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Research Puts Price Tag on Lifestyle

Everybody knows that engaging in sports is good for your physical and mental health, but according to recent research from the British non-profit Nuffield Health and the London School of Economics, it will also increase your income.

The study compared the quality of life for people who regularly engage in physical exercise to those who have are more sedimentary. The conclusion confirms that doing sports on a regular basis helps reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure and the risk of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Perhaps a more convincing argument to get people off the couch: those who do sports earn an average of 6,500 euros more each year.

The research supports a public campaign in the UK to encourage the population to get more exercise, at least 12 minutes a day for women and 10 for men. It is estimated that such a widespread improvement in lifestyle could save the National Health Service more than 7 billion euros.